Soldiers from northeast Indiana who are serving overseas will soon have the chance to call a loved one at no cost, thanks to a project announced by the Allen County Commissioners and the Indiana National Guard.
“Heart to Heart,” an effort conceived by Allen County Commissioner Marla Irving, will for the next week raise funds that will be used to purchase phone cards for Indiana National Guard members who have been deployed to the Middle East. Approximately 300 Guard members from northeast Indiana are currently deployed to the region.
“Calling home from the Middle East can be a tremendous expense for our soldiers,” Irving said.‑ “With Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day coming soon, we thought it would be a wonderful gift to give our servicemen and women the chance to hear a friendly voice from home.”
Beginning Friday, January 28, and continuing through Monday, February 7, donations for the purchase of phone cards (cash only) will be accepted at two locations:
* SAM’S CLUB #6313, 6736 Lima Road. (A box for donations will be available in the service center.)
* The Allen County Commissioners Office, City-County Building, Room 200. (Donations will be accepted in the office during normal working hours 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)
The three Allen County Commissioners, including Irving, Linda Bloom and Nelson Peters, will kick off the fundraiser by contributing $100 apiece, enough to purchase seventy-two 120-minute phone cards.
“Experience has taught us that a phone card is an essential piece of equipment for a deployed Soldier or Airman,” said Lt. Col. Larry Powers, Director of Civil Military Relations for the Military Department of Indiana.‑ “It gives them the ability to call home and let their families know they are okay, and gives them peace of mind knowing their families miss them, but are doing okay.”
Phone cards will be purchased through SAM’S CLUB and distributed to northeast Indiana Guard members through the Indiana Air National Guard’s 122d Fighter Wing.
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